Ilocos Norte approves P48-M to help farmers.
Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved on Wednesday a resolution reprograming the amount of more than PHP48 million from the unexpended balances and unimplemented projects in 2018.
The reprogramming will enable the provincial government to buy agriculture inputs to help farmers cope with damages incurred from natural disasters, equipment for irrigation, forest and fruit tree seedlings for its re-greening program, procurement of two dump trucks, and maintain farm-to-market roads.
Certified as urgent by Governor Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc, Provincial Board member Donald Nicolas, who sponsored the resolution along with committee on appropriations members, said Wednesday 'the amount is needed for the development needs of the province'.
Manotoc said the provincial government continues to uplift the living conditions of farmers engaged in multi-crop production such as rice, corn, garlic, tobacco, and dragon fruit, among others.
Nicolas added that the hardworking farmers of Ilocos Norte are highly vulnerable to natural disasters and need immediate help from the government.
In partnership with public and private organizations including youth volunteers, the provincial government has also intensified the planting of more forest and fruit tree seedlings for watershed development and re-greening of denuded areas to prevent flash floods and landslides during typhoons.
Additional dump trucks are also needed during rescue operations and for the maintenance of various farm-to-market roads within the province.
The local finance committee certified the availability of funds sourced from the province's share in the tobacco excise tax.